Crafting Garden Stepping Stones


Stepping stones are whimsical and functional items for your garden. Use them to lay a path between flowerbeds, from a deck to a garden, or straight down the middle of a grassy lawn. While it's easy to purchase garden stepping stones from local home and garden centers, it's just as simple and much more personal to make them yourself. Crafting your own garden stepping stones is a terrific weekend project to do with children, and they also make great gifts for grandparents.

Step 1

Measure the diameter of your mold and multiply that by the number of stepping stone you want to make to determine how much concrete to mix.

Step 2

Pour the concrete into the bucket or wheelbarrow. Use the measurement guide on the back of the page to determine how much concrete you'll need, based on how many stepping stones you want to make.

Step 3

Add water gradually, stirring the concrete with the trowel, until the concrete is thick and smooth, much like the consistency of brownie batter.

Step 4

Ladle the mixture into your mold. Tap the surface lightly to break up air bubbles, then smooth the surface with the trowel.

Step 5

Slip on rubber or plastic gloves, then press decorative items into the cement. Line the edges of the stone with shells or marbles. Personalize the stone by creating a monogram in the middle. If you want to press a hand print into the stone, perhaps a child's hand print, cover the hand with petroleum jelly to protect it from the lime in the cement mixture.

Step 6

Leave the stone to dry for 24 hours, then carefully remove it from the mold. Throw out the mold and place the stone in your garden, or give the stone as a gift.

Things You'll Need

  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Plastic bucket or wheelbarrow
  • Water
  • One bag of ready-mix cement
  • Trowel
  • Aluminum pie tins
  • Ladle
  • Rubber or plastic gloves
  • Mosaic items
  • Petroleum jelly (optional)


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Who Can Help

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April Sanders has been a writer and educator for 11 years. She is a published curriculum writer and has provided academic content for several subscription databases. Sanders holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in social psychology and a Master's degree in information sciences and technology.